Amelia Island 2015: Our 15 Favourite cars



2015-08-03 11:08:09

Here are our 15 favourite classic automobiles set to cross the auction block as part of the hotly-anticipated Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance event in Florida next month.


15) 1930 Rolls-Royce Torpedo Transformal Phaeton

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p markdown="1">This 1930 Rolls-Royce Torpedo Transformal Phaeton by Hibbard & Darrin was once owned by the legendary silver screen star Marlene Dietrich. It was gifted to the actress by Paramount studios when she left Germany in 1930 to pursue a career in Hollywood, and even appeared in 'Morocco', her first film for the studio co-starring Gary Cooper.

In recent years the car has been awarded Best in Class at the 2013 Amelia Island Concours and the Celebration of Automobiles Concours, along with winning further awards at the Pebble Beach, Hilton Head, Boca Raton, and Winter Park Concourses.

Bonhams, Lot 170, March 12

Estimated at $700,000-$1 million

14) 1908 American Underslung 50hp Roadster

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Built by the American Automobile Company, the Underslung Roadster is one of the earliest sporting cars ever built in the U.S. This pre-WWI model was coveted by antique car enthusiasts as early as the 1940s, and belonged to the renowned collections of both Lindley Bothwell and D. Cameron Peck.

The car is one of the oldest surviving models of its kind, and remains in its original 1950s condition having had just three owners since WWII.

Bonhams, Lot 152, March 12

Estimated at $1.1-$1.2 million

13) 1992 Ferrari F40

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This 1992 Ferrari F40 was the very last of just 213 US-specification F40s ever built at the company's Maranello works. With coachwork by Pininfarina and fewer than 10,000 miles on the clock, the car was exhibited at the 1992 Los Angeles Auto Show and comes with full Ferrari Classiche Red Book certification.

Bonhams, Lot 165, March 12

Estimated at $1.2-$1.4 million

12) 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight

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Described as "one of the most important and popular Porsches of all time", this Carrera RS is one of just 200 race-oriented M471 Sport or Lightweight models ever built.

Delivered to a Swiss Porsche privateer, the car has a racing history which includes several podium finishes and was given a complete concours restoration in 1996 by noted experts Nate Cantwell and Douglas Brown.

Gooding & Company, Lot 60, March 13

Estimated at $1.1-$1.4 million

11) 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

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This comprehensively restored, matching numbers Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster was one of just 244 examples built in 1962.
Described as being "among the finest 300SL Roadsters in the world", the car has been fitted with a modern 5-Speed transmission and was originally just the second example to receive an aluminium-alloy engine block.

Bonhams, Lot 112, March 12

Estimated at $1.6-$1.8 million

10) 1953 Fiat 8V Coupe

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Just 114 Fiat 8Vs were ever built, with this example one of only nine coupes featuring coachwork by Alfredo Vignale.

Having been faithfully restored to its original 1953 'as-delivered' condition, the car was awarded first in class at the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In recent years the car has been exhibited at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the Quail Motorsports Gathering, and the concours at St. James Palace in London.

Gooding & Company, Lot 76, March 13

Estimated at $1.6-$2 million

9) 1930 Cord Model L-29 Town Car

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The Cord Corporation's L-29 Town Car was the world's first practical front-wheel-drive production car. Around 5,000 L-29s, regarded by many as "the most stylish American car of the period", were built by the Cord Corporation during the late 1920s and early 30s. Of these, just 300 examples are believed to have survived and of those, only four have unique coachwork by the noted company Murphy & Co. of Pasadena.

This completely unrestored example, the only surviving short wheelbase model, was formerly owned by the Hollywood star Delores Del Rio and spent 55 years hidden away in the collection of Jay Hyde.

Bonhams, Lot 135, March 12

Estimate on request

8) 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet

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This Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet is one of only 200 examples built by the legendary coachbuilder Pinin Farina between 1959 and 1962. It features a unique distinctive fitted hardtop complete with an integrated sunroof, for which it was included in the Stanley Nowak book Ferrari: Forty Years on the Road.

The car was given Ferrari Classiche certification following its comprehensive restoration by The Creative Workshop, and has been the recipient of five Ferrari Club of America Platinum Awards.

Gooding & Company, Lot 27, March 13

Estimated at $2-$2.5 million

7) 1967 Shelby 427 'Semi-Competition' Cobra

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This Shelby 427 Semi-Competition Cobra is one of just 29 examples ever made, originally designed as race cars for privateers but repainted and marketed as "the fastest street cars ever built".

Having been fully restored and photographed several times for the Shelby American World Registry, in recent years the car has placed first in several exhibitions and shows across the U.S.

RM Sotheby's, Lot 154, March 14

Estimated at $2.2-$2.5 million

6) 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV

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This Lamborghini Miura SV was the first of only 21 examples built specifically for the United States market. It served as the prototype that was tested by the EPA, and was used to promote the model on the factory brochure cover and at the 1971 Boston Auto Show.

Well-known to Lamborghini aficionados, this example has been restored to its 1971 factory condition and retains its original sperimentale engine.

RM Sotheby's, Lot 152, March 14

Estimated at $2.25-$2.75 million

5) 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4

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This completely original 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 has been described as "one of the most exciting 'garage finds' in recent memory". Never before restored, shown, or offered at auction, the car has spent the past 43 years in the same collection and hasn't been started, driven or registered since 1982.

Having had just four owners from new, the car had remained unknown to the hobby until it was consigned to auction in late 2014.

Gooding & Company, Lot 44, March 13

Estimated at $3.4-$3.8 million

4) 1955 Jaguar D-Type

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This 1955 Jaguar D-Type is one of just fifty-four examples produced for privateer customers. It was extensively raced throughout the late 1950s, achieving several first and second-place finishes at the hands of Finnish driver Curt Lincoln.

Having undergone an extensive restoration, detailed in a five-part article in Jaguar World Monthly magazine between December 2002 and September 2003, the car has participated in the historic Mille Miglia event and been exhibited at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

RM Sotheby's, Lot 135, March 14

Estimated at $3.75-$4.25 million

3) 1988 Jaguar XJR-9

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This 1988 Jaguar XJR-9 is one of only two purpose-built, IMSA-specification XJR-9s ever built, and the only surviving example. The car has an extensive and impressive racing history, having won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1990 and achieved two podium finishes at the 12 Hours of Sebring amongst other notable results.

Having been retired from the track in 1990, the car spent the next 13 years as a museum exhibit before being completely restored in 2006.

RM Sotheby's, Lot 160, March 14

Estimated at $3-$5 million

2) 1956 Maserati 200 SI

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This car was the very first Maserati 200 S ever built, and played a major role as both a works development car and a member of the factory racing team. It was raced by drivers including Stirling Moss, Giuseppe Musso, Luigi Villoresi and Jean Behra, at events such as the Mille Miglia, Gran Premio Supercortemaggiore, Rheinland-Pfalz Preis Nürburgring and the Cuban Grand Prix.

Offered in highly original condition and certified by the Maserati Classiche Department, the car has competed in numerous historic events and won Best in Class at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

Gooding & Company, Lot 56, March 13

Estimate on request

1) 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet

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This car is the third of just six short-wheelbase Superamericas ever built. Featuring coachwork by Pinin Farina and a unique colour scheme, the car has been fully restored to concours standards by Classic Coach and Greg Jones.

Described as "one of the greatest grand touring Ferraris of all time", the matching-numbers car will be sold to benefit the owner’s foundation for the education of children.

RM Sotheby's, Lot 145, March 14

Estimated at $6-$7 million


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